The septuagenarian singer/songwriter known as 'Gary (U.S.) Bonds' has spent a half-century in the music business creating R&B. That lengthy period has included three spells when interest in his work has swelled. The first of these was with the early 1960s recordings he made at Legrand Studios in Norfolk, with the highly accomplished session group, The Church Street Five, and his label boss and record producer, Frank Guida. He was to pretty much disappear from the US charts for nearly 2 decades, when he experienced a dramatic resurgence in his fortunes in the early 1980s, when long time fan Bruce Springsteen came into the picture. Sessions with 'The Boss' saw him return to the U.S. charts with the impressive 'This Little Girl', and 'Out Of Work'. That was followed by a second comeback, since the turn of the millennium, with the self-referential Back In 20. My personal preference is for the raw productions created in the mid-20th century. Happily, this enjoyable compilation focuses on that initial period. It includes some of his big-selling records of that time: 'New Orleans'; 'Not Me'; 'Quarter To Three', and 'School Is Out'. There was a tried-and-tested formula for these 2-3 minute records of visceral sound: the use of a thumping bass drum sound, overlaid by backing singers chanting and clapping, whilst Bonds shouted his vocals over live-sounding rhythms and a frenzied brass section, all set against muffled, reverb-heavy production, in what sounded like, a party atmosphere. Other highlights included here are the fuzzy, distorted 'I Wanna Holla', and the calypso rock of 'Twist Twist Senora'. But the rest of the tracks featured here reprise that same formula of brass-backed blues-based shuffles to slightly diminishing effect.